common threads challenge: week 1

It’s been awhile since I last posted! My husband accidentally broke my tripod (not really sure how–I just know that the pressure washer was involved…), and I’m entering into serious writing season for my PhD; the combination of the two has put blogging on the back-burner. All that being said, I am still participating in the Common Threads Challenge, and I wanted to be sure to share my first few outfits with you.

Monday: olive tee

olive tee: Banana Republic Factory, exact // black skinny jeans: Loft, similar // black leather flats: BCBGeneration, similar // leopard scarf: Joe Fresh, similar

To be honest, I really wanted to copy this exact outfit, but I decided I should try to put my own spin on it. Plus, I was just really in the mood to wear a scarf! Olive + leopard is definitely a go-to around here.

Tuesday: burgundy skirt

black stripe 3/4 sleeve tee: Merona, similar // burgundy skirt: Loft, similar // black leather flats: BCBGeneration, similar // black leather strap watch: Kate Spade, exact // gray tortoise sunglasses: Warby Parker Banks, similar

I think this look is the winner of the week. I say that because a stranger stopped me on my way in to work and said, “You look cute!” I almost wish that I had a neck scarf or something to give the outfit a little French girl flair.

Wednesday: chambray shirt

chambray shirt: J.Crew, exact // mustard jeans: Loft, similar // two tone wedge sandals: b.o.c., similar // reversible tote: Street Level, exact // cognac leather strap watch: Wristology, exact

I’ve actually worn some version of this outfit several times, although I most often wear it with my striped chambray popover. I was tempted to wear my cognac booties with this outfit, but ultimately decided I would go one CTC item at a time, at least for this first week.

Thursday: black knit blazer

black knit blazer: Caslon, similar // spotted blouse: Loft, similar // olive pants: Banana Republic, similar // black wedges: Jessica Simpson, exact // gray tortoise sunglasses: Warby Parker Banks, similar

I’ve had this pin sitting on my “must re-create” list for a long time now. I finally got around to it, but I’m not so excited about the end result. For starters, why does my blazer look lopsided?! And perhaps I should have left the top untucked. Oh, well.

Friday: cognac booties

plum tee: Banana Republic Factory, similar // ivory cardigan: Merona, similar // skinny jeans: BP, similar // gold pendant necklace: J.Crew, similar // cognac booties: Jessica Simpson, almost exact

Let me just be honest and say that this outfit was completely weather inappropriate. The day started off cool, but by mid-day, it was up to the 80s–not exactly sweater and bootie temps. This sweater is gigantic (and hence, not very flattering), partially because I bought it when I was pregnant two years ago…but I think I love it a little more just because it’s so over-sized.


This first week hasn’t been too difficult–we’re just beginning with our five pieces! That being said, I think the item I’ll have the most trouble re-wearing is the burgundy skirt. Any suggestions are welcome…

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presentable

Black, white, and burgundy is definitely a color combination you’ll see frequently throughout the blog archives–it’s pretty neutral, but not boring. That’s definitely a characteristic I look for when I want to appear professional, which is why I wore this look for a conference (in which I was presenting a poster) this past week.

Technically, I wore this outfit a few days prior to the conference too, as a “trial run.” Does anyone else do that? I like to try out an outfit for an important occasion, just to be sure there’s not something unexpectedly wrong with the garments or the way they fit or drape. I guess I’ve had one too many occasions when the zipper is impossible scratchy or the pants are just a bit too tight, so I’ll take the extra precaution!

black striped dress: J.Crew Factory, exact, similar (so adorable!) // burgundy cardigan: J.Crew Factory, almost exact, similar // gold tassel necklace: Forever 21, similar, similar // black flats: BCBGeneration, similar, similar

the balding shoes

Well, I learned something new this week: apparently shoes can go bald. My beloved leopard flats are showing their age these days, most notably by the fact that there are a few areas where the calfhair is missing. Not to worry though–I have a back-up pair that I bought with Amazon rewards points last spring. I know you were concerned.

I still managed to get one more wear out of them though. This outfit ended up being quite comfy for my day of manuscript writing, cross-campus treks, and grocery shopping. To be repeated, for sure!

chambray button-up: J.Crew, similar, similar // red skirt: Loft, similar, similar // leopard flats: Dr. Scholl’s, exact, similar // gold mesh strap watch: BP, similar, similar // black round sunglasses: Amazon, similar, similar

i love olive

In case you haven’t noticed, olive green is fast becoming one of my favorite colors. I think it complements my eye color quite nicely (they’re green-ish hazel), plus it coordinates with practically every other color.

Not everyone feels this way, however–my mom loathes it. She doesn’t understand how I can like “such muddy colors.” To each her own, I guess 🙂 How do you feel about olive green? Love it or hate it?

olive dress: Loft, exact, similar // denim jacket: Old Navy, exact, similar // gold locket necklace: J.Crew, similar, similar // two tone wedge sandals: b.o.c., similar, similar